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Geoprocessing Journey-to-Work Data: Delineating Commuting Regions in Dalarna, Sweden

Department of Regional Studies, Högskolan Dalarna, 79188 Falun, Sweden
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2012, 1(3), 294-314; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi1030294
Received: 10 September 2012 / Revised: 26 October 2012 / Accepted: 6 November 2012 / Published: 14 November 2012
Delineation of commuting regions has always been based on statistical units, often municipalities or wards. However, using these units has certain disadvantages as their land areas differ considerably. Much information is lost in the larger spatial base units and distortions in self-containment values, the main criterion in rule-based delineation procedures, occur. Alternatively, one can start from relatively small standard size units such as hexagons. In this way, much greater detail in spatial patterns is obtained. In this paper, regions are built by means of intrazonal maximization (Intramax) on the basis of hexagons. The use of geoprocessing tools, specifically developed for the processing of commuting data, speeds up processing time considerably. The results of the Intramax analysis are evaluated with travel-to-work area constraints, and comparisons are made with commuting fields, accessibility to employment, commuting flow density and network commuting flow size. From selected steps in the regionalization process, a hierarchy of nested commuting regions emerges, revealing the complexity of commuting patterns. View Full-Text
Keywords: accessibility; commuting field; commuting region; Intramax analysis; self-containment accessibility; commuting field; commuting region; Intramax analysis; self-containment
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Landré, M. Geoprocessing Journey-to-Work Data: Delineating Commuting Regions in Dalarna, Sweden. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2012, 1, 294-314.

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